If you were a Conan fan in the early 1970s, most likely you wailed when Barry Smith left the series, no matter how much you liked John Buscema. Where there are a large number of fans who feel Buscema is the superior Conan artist, he was always a strong second choice for me. Barry Smith left the color comic with the Song of Red Sonja, then he returned briefly for the epic Red Nails in Savage Tales. After that, aside from pinups and posters, we never saw Smith on Conan again.
Roy Thomas found another artist—Tim Conrad—who briefly appeared to be Smith’s successor.
Conrad made a splash in the Savage Sword of Conan with a two part Bran Mak Morn story that blew us all away. I kept hoping that Conrad would eventually draw Conan regularly—but all we got was this cover from the Marvel Comics Index series. What happened to Tim Conrad after his Savage Sword stories? I’ve lost track. Nuff said.
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